My Approach

“That nothing is static or fixed, that all is fleeting and impermanent, that is the first mark of existence.” Pema Chodron

Everything is always changing and moving.  Any attachment to things staying the same is futile.

In a field full of “shoulds” that is wedded to doing things the way that they have always been done, I offer a unique and fresh perspective on “mental health.”  My approach has a foundation in the connection of the mind/body/spirit which views physical and mental health as intimately intertwined.  In my work, I incorporate Buddhist and Positive psychology along with mindfulness meditation, yoga and various other coping skills to help individuals build resilience to stress. As a nutrition coach, I utilize my training and the research on the gut brain connection to inform how our diet is intimately linked to our emotional stability and overall well-being.

My style of working with people whether individually or in groups can be akin to what it feels like to be with a trusted family friend; you know that person that cares about you but is just enough removed from your life that you trust their honesty and are willing to listen to their sage advice?  That’s me!.  I have received feedback from numerous people stating that they feel like I am “real” with them which creates a sense of ease knowing that we are all just walking the path of life perfectly imperfect.  Who I am professionally, is who I am personally.  I feel that we all have something to learn from each other.  My style bridges the gap between the coaching and therapy worlds.

With a focus on wellness rather than illness, we will work with a growth mindset rather than fixed.  Labels and diagnosis can require us to adopt a rigid, fixed or deficit mindset.  Instead I will guide you towards embracing and building upon your strengths and passion for life.

In individual sessions, I take an intuitive approach pulling from my 18+ years working as a therapist combined with my certifications in yoga, nutrition, herbs and Reiki. I often sharing vignettes about life experiences I have worked through them utilizing a mind/body/spirit perspective.  Learning is something that I love, therefore you will hear me speak about books that I am reading and conferences attended on positive psychology, Buddhism and coaching in an effort to pass along new tidbits of info and insight.

I look forward to teaming up with you and helping you build resilience to stress thereby creating more inner peace, happiness and joy.

 

“Happiness is not ready made, it comes from your own actions.”  – Dalai Lama